« It’s unacceptable », Leonardo cracks on Messi

Leonardo, the sporting director of PSG, protests against the information of L’Equipe concerning the salary of Lionel Messi as well as the supposed 3rd year optional of the Argentine genius.

Discomfort PSG ? Leonardo reached out to RMC Sport on Saturday to cry foul after the revelations of The team on the salary of Lionel Messi. The sports daily made its front page on the emoluments of the six-fold Ballon d’Or in the club of the capital, without providing any shattering information, since the annual salary of « La Pulga » would be 31 million euros net this season. then 41 during its 2nd season (and during a possible 3rd year).

« We can’t accept to put this out on the front page of a newspaper like The team. This is unacceptable. It’s totally false. I wanted to tell you. I think it’s a lack of respect and we didn’t like it. I don’t understand the timing. This is really very far from the truth. The duration of the contract is two years. It has no option, mandatory or not. It’s wrong, it’s not that and we didn’t like it “, Launched the sports director to RMC.

A loyalty bonus that serves as a signature bonus

Is « Leo » furious with the timing of the post or the information itself? His stroke is a bit messy. August 11, The Parisian had already claimed that Leo Messi would receive 41 million euros per year taking into account his salary and his  » signing bonus « . The Parisian leaders had not flinched.

The team, Saturday, only specified that the salary of the 34-year-old left-hander was 31 million (including one million in PSG cryptocurrency) and that his  » loyalty bonus « For 2022 and then possibly 2023 was 15 million gross, or about 10 net. The team like many media mentions an optional 3rd year and it is therefore the first time that Leonardo has denied this possible one-year extension.

To understand a little more the projection of the sports director of PSG, it is perhaps necessary to take into account another information, however harmless, given by The Team. It is recalled that Neymar peaks at 30 million per year but with a decrease in salary in the coming years, where Messi, therefore, will earn more in his second season thanks to his loyalty bonus. However, this bonus simply corresponds to the signing bonus that he did not request when he arrived at PSG.

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